March 4, 2010 Commission Meeting Summary

Nineteen members attended the meeting, which was held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The Commission held a public hearings and voted (17-0-0) to issue a permit that will allow the Exploratorium to be relocated from the Academy of Fine Arts to Piers 15 and 17 on the San Francisco waterfront. For details, contact Ming Yeung (415/352-3616 mingy@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission voted (19-0-0) to approve two contracts that use funds provided by permittees to pay for public access improvements in Hayward and South San Francisco. For details contact Caitlin Sweeney (415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission voted (19-0-0) to approve an agreement with the California Department of Fish and Game to provide BCDC with funding for the next three years to carry out mandated oil spill prevention and response activities. For details, contact Linda Scourtis (415/352-3644 linda@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on the progress being made in implementing BCDC’s strategic plan and approved one change in the plan. The next all-day workshop to update the plan will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission concurred in the hiring of Dr. Wendy Goodfriend as a senior planner specialist. Dr. Goodfriend holds a PhD and Masters in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of California, Davis. She has worked in Connecticut as a consultant, an educator, a government employee and a local wetland protection commission member. Jessica Hamburger is transferring from Commission’s the dredging unit to the planning section. For details, contact Mamie Lai (415/352-3639 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has appointed Sam Ziegler to replace David Smith as EPA’s representative on BCDC and Jason Brush to replace Karen Schwinn as EPA’s alternate representative. The Commission unanimously approved resolutions of appreciation for David Smith and Karen Schwinn. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects will honor BCDC’s “Rising Tides” design competition with a Special Achievement Award at the AIA’s design awards celebration in early May. For details, contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

Members of the Commission were reminded that they must submit their annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) to Commission’s office by April 1, 2010. For assistance with the forms, contact Sandra Sneeringer (415/352-3650 sandras@bcdc.ca.gov).

The next Commission meeting will be held on April 15, 2010 at the MetroCenter in Oakland. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).